Welcome to Qi-Wireless-Charging.net – We will inform you about Qi Chargers as well as trends and developments in the field of Wireless Charging for Smartphones & other Devices. The News reports are objective, while the blog contains personal opinions and tips & tricks. The comparison table provides a quick overview of the most important criteria and the most popular Qi Chargers in comparison – find out all about Wireless Charging!
Here you can expect the following contents:
- Latest News & Blog Posts
- Wireless Charger buying Advice
- List of all Qi enabled Devices
- Qi Check: Does my Device support Qi?
Wireless Charging News 2021
Apple announced at Keynote 2020 the first wireless charger from Cupertino for the new iPhone 12 series. The wireless charger, which is based on the usual Qi standard, bears the name MagSafe, just like the wired charger of the Macbook. But the MagSafe Qi Charger has a special feature – it docks magnetically to the Read more
How can Qi be retrofitted? Universal Qi adapters are intended for all smartphones with a micro-USB port. They can retrofit almost all Android devices with the Qi standard – how this looks like in practice and where the differences are with current, universal Qi receivers, we have examined in more detail in this review. Besides Read more
Samsung Wireless Chargers are among the best Qi Chargers on the market; after all, the smartphone manufacturer is one of the pioneers in the field of inductive charging technology, especially Qi Wireless Charging. Samsung was already one of the first manufacturers to use the Qi-standard for the wireless transfer of energy. This development is continuing: Read more
Currently, a feature in the Android 11 beta version is causing a stir – testers discovered a new hint that should make wireless charging easier to use. We took a closer look and tell you with which wireless charging station this new feature has already become obsolete. Meanwhile, Xiaomi is also introducing 40-watt wireless charging, Read more
Apple revolutionized the world of mobile phones with the iPhone more or less ten years ago and brought the first smartphone into the market. Today the company, once known only for its Macs and iPod, is one of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers. The newer generations of iPhones are Qi enabled and can finally be Read more
After the Apple AirPower was officially canceled last year, new rumours about the Apple charging mat are currently coming up. Already announced for the iPhone 8 or iPhone X in 2017, Apple had to terminate the project of a wireless charging mat due to “technical issues”. But currently there are hopes for Apple fans again: Read more
Not all smartphones support the wireless charging standard called Qi – but some older models can be upgraded with a special Qi receiver or Qi case. Modern high-end smartphones are now mostly equipped with the Qi standard by default. Other mobile phones that can be upgraded with the inductive charging standard often have electrical contacts Read more
Qi Tablets are unfortunately still very rare on the market – there are currently only a few models with inductive charging function, which we are constantly recording in a Qi Tablet list. You still want to charge your Tablet wirelessly? We have looked at the possibilities to make Tablet PCs Qi capable. Non Qi-capable Tablets Read more
The new Targus Mobile VIP+ backpack, which has a built-in battery and a Qi wireless charging adapter in one of the backpacks side pockets. The cradle holds your phone in place while you arew on the go, phones up to the Apple iPhone XS Max fit in. The Qi Wireless Charging cradle connects to the Read more
China based company OPPO, one of the 10 biggest Smartphone Manufacturers in the world, recently joined the Wireless Power Consortium “WPC” to be able to offer the Qi Wireless Charging Technology in their future products. A lot of other Smartphone Manufacturers already offer Qi Wireless Charging for a very long time, so the pressure on Read more
Qi Wireless Charging – from Nikola Tesla to Wireless Chargers
Why use Qi Wireless Charging? Modern technology ensures that our world is increasingly being freed from cables. With Wifi or Bluetooth, it has been possible to transfer data wirelessly for many years. But although Nikola Tesla was able to successfully transmit electricity via induction wirelessly more than 100 years ago, this technology is still hardly found in everyday life, except for electric toothbrushes. This is currently changing a lot and many are recognizing the convenience of induction chargers or a Wireless Charger with Qi standard. Here you can find all relevant information on this topic. Wireless Charging is a relatively new standard and there are a few things to consider. In the comparison test, we wont only look at bestsellers and popular products, but also at the cheaper models from the field of inductive chargers and we will collect all the important information about the respective product. Inductive charging is also increasingly a topic in the media, which is why we would like to keep you up to date with the “News” category.
How does Wireless Charging work?
The charging station generates a small electromagnetic field a few millimeters above the charging surface as soon as a compatible device is detected. The inductive energy exchange between the transmitter and receiver coils begins. The receiver coil transfers the current to the battery and the battery charges. The charging process is continuously monitored and automatically terminated as soon as the battery is fully charged.
What is the Qi Standard?
Qi-Standard is a standard for wireless power transmission, also called inductive charging – currently mostly used in mobile phones & smartphones. It was developed by the WPC (Wireless Power Consortium) in 2008 and since then has established itself as a member of the market with over 200 companies and has prevailed over the competing PMA standard. The Qi standard is not restricted to specific devices or manufacturers. This means that a Qi charging station from a specific manufacturer can be used to charge all Qi compatible devices. Qi wireless charging is interoperable.
However, there are differences in quality, as with any product class. Current top models in the field of induction chargers are usually made by Samsung. With the Samsung Galaxy S6, the manufacturer was already firmly committed to the qi wireless charging standard and had since then launched a separate Qi charger for each model. The Samsung Wireless Charger models are often among the bestsellers in this product class.
Qi Charger: Experience & Purchase Advice
There is already a quite respectable choice of wireless chargers according to the Qi standard, also called Wireless Charger. But especially for the layman, a comparison is often not easy. In our test report summaries, all important questions are answered and in the comparison table for Qi chargers you can get a quick overview of the range. In addition to the chargers, this website also covers the technology itself, the technology behind it and our own experiences in handling it. Everyone can inform themselves about the advantages and disadvantages of the Qi standard and the topic of “wireless charging” or inductive charging (blog article: What is the Qi standard) and decide for themselves whether a purchase is worth considering.
Whether your smartphone can be retrofitted with the Qi-Standard or already supports it, you can find out on the list of Qi phones. Other Qi-certified devices or those with wireless charging functions such as monitors, All-In-One-PCs or Bluetooth speakers or Smartwatches already exist and are collected below this list. Smartphones that are not directly intended by the manufacturer to be retrofitted with the Qi standard can be retrofitted using a universal Qi receiver with a micro-USB connection and then also recharged using an inductive charger. Test summaries also do not shy away from criticism: If a specific device cannot meet the requirements of everyday life, this becomes clear to the reader. We are a manufacturer-independent platform that wants to offer its readers objective reporting, because wireless charging does not only have advantages – more on this in the following sections.
What is a Qi Wireless Charger?
A Qi wireless charger is a charger for smartphones and other small devices that uses induction to transfer power wirelessly. So-called induction coils are used, which can transfer energy via an electrical field. With Qi chargers, it is advantageous, among other things, if several of these coils are installed. This makes handling more comfortable, as the device placed on top of the charger is recognized more quickly and exact positioning is no longer necessary. However, qi wireless charging varies in speed, so the power level of the charger is important when purchasing.
Otherwise, Qi chargers are usually offered in a flat form or as a standalone device – unique types are for example Qi holders for cars or Qi Powerbanks. In general, models from well-known manufacturers are usually the better choice, as they are generally among the more sophisticated Qi chargers. Some have also been specially designed for specific mobile phone models. The current power levels for a Qi charger are 5W – 7.5W – 10W. Modern designs support all three modes and select the appropriate power level for each phone model. However, most of them do not belong to the cheap Qi chargers on the market. You can also find more detailed information about important criteria when buying a Qi charger in the comparison table in the section “What do I need to compare with a Qi charger?
What do I have to pay attention to when Buying?
Wireless charging by induction with the Qi charger comparison you can orientate yourself on the following points in order to make the right choice quickly:
- Performance: Current Qi chargers charge with 5W, 7.5W or 10W – also depending on the respective smartphone.
- Design: Most models are flat or designed as standalone devices.
- Technology: Several induction coils facilitate handling.
- Manufacturer: Well-engineered models are available from Samsung, Anker or Belkin
- Scope of delivery: Qi chargers are often delivered without power supply – check if you need one.
Inductive Charging: Advantages and Disadvantages
Pros: What are the advantages?
- Very practical in everyday life
- No wear of the connections
- Manufacturer independent standard, suitable for Apple & Android
- Distribution in public places (bars, cafes, airports & hotels)
- More safety compared to cable in public places
Cons: What are the disadvantages?
- Charging takes a little longer & power consumption may slightly increase
- Retrofitting is necessary for some devices
- Direct contact with the charger is necessary
- Thicker protective covers must be removed during loading
The advantages of wireless charging stations are clearly in their easy handling. You no longer have to bother to connect the USB plug to the mobile phone, but place or set it down on the Qi charging station – the charging process begins. A further advantage is that the plug connection on the mobile phone does not wear out unnecessarily. A side effect: Due to the easier handling in everyday life, you usually charge your smartphone more often (in a more tolerable charge level for the battery) and thus have more energy available throughout the day.
The disadvantage of charging by induction: The transfer is not possible without energy loss. A small part of the electricity is converted into heat. The smartphone or Qi charger can heat up slightly as a result, which is why some models with the so-called “Fast Wireless Charging” Qi standard have a small fan installed for cooling. This ensures that the temperature of the device or battery is always within an optimal range. Qi chargers with a fan have been put together separately.
Design: Wireless Charging Station or Flat Charging Pad?
An upright wireless charging station is, in addition to the flat design, the most common type of inductive charging devices according to the Qi standard. It allows you to keep an eye on the display of your smartphone, for example at your desk, even during the charging process. This already indicates the primary area of application: At the desk in the office or at home. Flat Qi chargers or wireless charging mats are therefore more suitable for the bedside table or other places where you want to put the device down. Cordless charging stations often have several induction coils built in because they offer more space. In addition, the smartphone can charge wirelessly while standing or lying on its side. Well-known manufacturers, such as Anker or Samsung, always have an upright charging station in their range of wireless charging mats. Special forms of wireless charging stations are those that can charge several devices at the same time – also known as dual charging stations. They are available for Smartphones as well as for the combination with wearables, such as a Smartwatch or the AirPods charging station. Some models allow up to three devices to be charged simultaneously with a single wireless charging mat.
Which mobile Phones can be Charged Wirelessly?
Apple iPhone Qi cell phone wireless chargingcell phones wireless charging by Qi standard – excerpt of compatible models:
- Apple iPhone XS, XS Max & XR
- Apple iPhone 8/ 8 Plus/ iPhone X
- Samsung Galaxy S10e/ S10 / S10+
- Samsung Galaxy S9/ S9+ – Grade 9
- Google Pixel 3/ Pixel 3 XL
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
- LG V40 ThinQ
- LG G7 ThinQ
Qi Chargers for Apple iPhone and Android
When Apple finally decided to use the Qi standard or inductive charging with its iPhone, a wireless charger, the iPhone Qi Charger Belkin Boost up 7.5W, was developed in cooperation with the company Belkin. In the future, it is estimated that there will also be in-house Qi chargers from California. After all, Apple already relied on qi wireless charging technology for its Apple-Watch, but in this case according to a specially developed wireless charging standard. Conceivable, and already implemented in earlier models, is an induction charger for wireless charging of several devices at the same time. Qi chargers for Smartphone and Smartwatch, which can be charged at the same time, are also already on the market. Wireless charging on the iPhone is currently supported in the power levels 5 watts and 7.5 watts – see the link below for more information. Various Qi chargers for Apple iPhones can be found here.
Samsung with its smartphones based on the Android operating system was not a pioneer, but has been the market leader in the field of inductive chargers for years. The Qi charger, which is released with every new Galaxy series, has always been a fast seller in the field of induction chargers on amazon.de. Samsung models can also be recommended here – and of course for all other Qi mobile phones.
AirPower Alternatives: No Apple Wireless Charger available
Unfortunately there will be no Apple charging mat according to the Qi standard for the time being, which is why many are looking for AirPower alternatives. The development of the long announced and highly anticipated AirPower charging station has been officially stopped. The reasons for this can only be speculated, as there was only a short statement from Apple. The unique thing: Up to three devices should be able to be charged wirelessly with AirPower. But other manufacturers also offer this service and have brought reliable AirPower alternatives onto the market.
Wireless Charging: permanent Trend or short Hype?
The convenience of wireless charging can be seen as a clear advantage and will further advance the technology already established elsewhere. With Apple’s decision for the Qi standard and its installation in the entire iPhone 8 model range, this path is already pre-programmed. Wireless charging is on the advance. At least for the time being, Samsung still dominates the market and offers mature Qi chargers. But other manufacturers, such as Anker or Belkin also offer reliable models. The comparison is worthwhile!
Tips for finding the Best Wireless Charger
- There are currently three performance levels: wireless chargers according to Qi standard 1.1 (5 watts), Qi fast chargers according to Qi standard 1.2 with 7.5 watts for new Apple iPhones and with 10-15 watts for newer Samsung models.
- Pay attention to the addition “Fast Wireless Charging” (downward compatible)
- Several induction coils inside (mature models) make handling much easier
- inductive chargers can be used with all Qi compatible devices
- it is important to use a sufficiently powerful USB power supply recommended by the charger manufacturer (mostly 5V / 2A)
- Due to this still young product class, bestsellers and well-known manufacturers are usually the better choice
- suitable devices are offered by e.g. the following manufacturers or brands known in this field: Samsung, Anker, Nokia, Belkin, Nanami, Hama, Ikea or Zens.
- Induction chargers are often delivered without a power supply unit (visible in the scope of delivery!). The reason: These are usually available anyway – but you should check if it is powerful enough. Which power supply is needed can be seen in the respective product description of the dealer – mostly 5V / 2A or 9V / 1.67A.
Charging without Cables – Wireless Chargers on the Advance
Charging without cables or inductive charging has many advantages and is merely practical, which is why we believe it will continue to gain acceptance. It will not only become more widespread in the home, but also the working environment or public places such as cafés or airports. Whether a Qi charger and the associated charging without cables is beneficial for you personally is ultimately a matter for everyone to decide for themselves. We will give you an overview of the market and help you choose the right wireless charger.